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Old 05-06-2000, 04:59 PM   #1
Bateau
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Angry bs dealer charge???

So I'm ordering my MY00 sedan and the dealer suddenly tacks on $60 for the removal of some protective paint coating from the car. He claims that cars come covered in some protective goo, and that it costs him $60 to get it removed by the EPA certified shop. I was too tired to contest that on the phone, but now I'm wondering whether that is a bull charge, cause it sure sounds like one. Am I being shafted here? I still have time not to sign the order and back out.

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Old 05-06-2000, 05:33 PM   #2
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I would not sign if I were you! At least threaten them that you will not sign! It's a whole bunch of bull! The dealer is srewing you! I was charged 100$ for the A/C when it is not an option! It has been a year and I still did not get my money back!
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Old 05-06-2000, 06:13 PM   #3
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VALENTA
Contact the district attorney's office and see what he says about it
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Old 05-06-2000, 06:49 PM   #4
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Wink

Thanx STi Sev,
But I have written a letter to Subaru Canada! I think it will be better to go straight to the source!
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Old 05-06-2000, 06:58 PM   #5
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My dealership did not charge me for the initial cleaning, but he did mention that there is a special film on the car paint to protect it during transit. I test drove my RS right when it arrived, before the prep guys got a hold of it. He may have lied (either intentionally or unknowingly) but I guess he didn't have any reason to intentionally lie.

My 2 cents
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Old 05-06-2000, 07:23 PM   #6
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The $60 they charged you for was probably to remove the transit coating. It is a special surface coating that is used during shipment to protect the paint. The detail shop will spray this stuff to remove it, then detail the car. My wife sold Subarus and she wanted me to tell you, you do not need a EPA to remove it. They remove it at her dealership. The detail they give your car upon delivery will remove the coating or it is usually removed before the car hits stock.
DO NOT PAY FOR REMOVAL!
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Old 05-06-2000, 10:00 PM   #7
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That stuff is called Cosmoline. They have a special spray stuff in a can they spray on the car before they wash it to get it off. Don't pay extra for that, he's BS'ing you.

On a side note, I heard from one of the dealers that next year all the cars will come with the plastic sheets instead of cosmoline... Man, you'd think someone overseas would've had that idea a LONG time ago.
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Old 05-06-2000, 11:41 PM   #8
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is that the goo thats stuck to my lugnuts? i got some real sticky goo on the lugnuts and a bit in the door jams..is it kind of waxy&sticky? just curious....i didn't have to pay for it....and u shouldn't too!
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Old 05-07-2000, 04:08 AM   #9
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We don't charge to have that crap removed at my dealership. Its a BS charge don't pay it.
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Old 05-07-2000, 09:06 AM   #10
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True, its Cosmoline, waxy/gooey/oily stuff that keeps the salt air from affecting the car on the journey over.

We used to have to take it off motorcycles when they were uncrated, its nasty stuff if you dont get it off and it ages.

However, We hosed it off with solvent and water.

I would tend to think that the solvents used to get it off are more toxic than the Cosmoline itself, hence the EPA issues.

But you shouldnt have to pay to get the car detailed prior to buying it. That is part of the service the dealer is providing you, a clean new car.
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Old 05-07-2000, 09:08 AM   #11
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BTW, many new foreign cars are already being shipped with a plastic wrap. When my mom and I went looking for volvos for her, there was a truckload of them all wrapped up.
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Old 05-07-2000, 09:39 AM   #12
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I may as well add.

I didn't pay for the shipping wax to be removed either.

Bateau, why don't you print this out to show your dealer.
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Old 05-07-2000, 09:59 AM   #13
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So thats what that greenish goop was in the rear fender and in the engine compartment? Ewie -Flashbacks- That stuff was gross! Kept my speaker box from sliding around in the trunk though...hehe
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Old 05-07-2000, 04:59 PM   #14
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What the F**k! How is he going to charge you for something that should be done anyway!! For what you are already paying, they should throw in the floor mats, and a mint on your pillow to boot!!

my 2 cents
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Old 05-07-2000, 05:03 PM   #15
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Honda's come with the plastic wrap stuff too...
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Old 05-07-2000, 09:51 PM   #16
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Nah the mint would melt then you would have to ACTUALLY pay to get that all cleaned up
...Or is Scotchguard an option that no one has mentioned yet

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Old 05-07-2000, 09:54 PM   #17
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yeah Scotchgaurd costs another $110. It has to be profesionaly sprayed.
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Old 05-07-2000, 10:07 PM   #18
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WHAT EVER YOU GUYS DO

*DO NOT BUY PERMAPLATE*
im telling you right now DO NOT BUY It
it's complete utter bull **** and I paid 700$. i didnt care i just wanted my car hehe
my friend says he does it for 120 *U$*U@$
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